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Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 199

15 Minute Tweet TalesIt’s been a crazy week, y’all, and it's all because of YALLFest. I got to cover it for MTV, which means I was able to interview many of the YA authors, including R.L. Stine!! He was awesome! But I still have tons of articles to write, so I’ll have to wait until later to share some of my stories. Stay tuned! In the meantime, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
11/11 - "She's a horrible human being, exempli gratia she brought me brownies." "But that nice." "They were made with ex-lax." I smother a laugh.
 
11/12 - Hands cupping her stomach, she sings to the baby she'll never meet. Since claws and fangs develop in utero, mothers never survive the birth.
 
11/13 - He believes labor omnia vincit, which is why he's cool with his mom cleaning his basement "apartment" while he earns WoW experience points.
 
11/14 - With no trouble at the lab, the security check-in had become pro forma, so he easily gets in. Although he didn't mean to trigger the plague.
 
11/15 - Every day for five years he nodded at a soignée woman on a bench wearing silk gloves. They never spoke, but he missed her when she was gone.
 
11/16 - "You must verify it. Ad oculos!" the PI yells at his intern after he notifies clients their husbands are cheating because he has a feeling.
 
11/17 - The guy she's flirting with says, "Let's go to chez nous." He probably thinks it sounds sexier that way, but he loses his chance at le sex.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 146

Whew, I had a super busy weekend of YA awesomeness! Saturday was the 4th annual YALLFest. They always do such a terrific job, and it was another amazing line-up including: Veronica Roth, James Dashner, Sarah Dessen, Rainbow Rowell, and many other talented authors (check out the list!). 
YALLFest
Kami Garcia, Veronica Roth, Gayle Forman, James Dashner, Melissa de la Cruz, Ann Brashares, Kathy Reichs
 
Then Sunday was the last stop of the Compelling Reads tour at the Charleston County library. My friend Martina Boone organized the tour and this stop also included S.E. Green, Kimberley Griffiths Little, and Tracy Clark. They played a fun dating game with their books, served sweet tea and whoopie pies, and gave away a lot of great prizes. 
Compelling Reads Tour
Kimberly Griffiths Little, Tracy Clark, Martina Boone, S.E. Green
 
And lucky me – I got to have dinner with these four lovely ladies on both nights! I love meeting new writers, and it’s always helpful to hear stories from authors further along their journey than I am, so I very much appreciated them including me in their Charleston adventure.
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales from the past week:
 
11/5 - When he gets on stage to sing, the mocking laughter of classmates gorgonizes him. Unlike in the movies, he doesn't eventually wow them.
 
11/6 - When he warns she's been a bugbear on the project, she's happy, saying it means she's been cute and supportive. He fires her immediately.
 
11/7 - Every day she saves half of her sandwich for the clochard near her school. Tho filthy & raving, she still sees the loving dad he used to be.
 
11/8 - She grins at his stem-winder. He'll make a great politician. But now he's inciting classmates to riot until they get pizza. Detention.
 

15 Minute Tweet Tales

11/9 - Check engine light comes on...car shakes...engine whines. But loyal ride of 20 years makes it to driveway before going kaput for good.
 
11/10 - She dissembles that everything's fine, although the tumor will kill her in six months. She wants her kids to be kids as long as they can.
 
11/11 - The pinnacle of her crappy day was a man brushing her arm on the subway ride home. Even accidental human contact eased her loneliness.
 
Did you have a chance to attend YALLFest? Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

City of Bones – Read-n-Feed

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a Read-n-Feed post, but I’ve decided to jump start it again with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Cassandra was the keynote speaker at the 2012 YALLFest, along with Holly Black, and it was very inspiring hearing them talk about their writing friendship, especially as I sat in the audience with so many of my own writing friends. 
 
Category: Young Adult
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 496
Amazon Description: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
 
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...
 
My writing lesson from City of Bones is the way Cassandra used the main hobby of the protagonist to color her writing. And in this case I literally mean color. Clary is an artist, a talent she inherited from her mother. In the beginning, she uses her art as a form of stress relief and to work though her feelings like others might use a journal. Later, her artistic ability comes into play in a way that is important to the narrative. 
 
Most of City of Bones is told in third person from Clary's POV, so Cassandra uses Clary's artistic eye to full effect in her descriptions. Sometimes she actually compares things to famous paintings, like: “There was a queasy sense of something organic about the bikes, like the bio-creatures in a Giger painting.” and “If Bosch's paintings of hell had come with a soundtrack, they would have sounded like this.” Other times, she describes things in a way linked to her hobby like: “When he smiled at Clary, a thousand small lines rayed out from around his eyes, like the cracks in an old painting.” and “Luke's expression went blank, like a canvas wiped clean of paint.”
 
I don't have any talent in the visual arts, so I'm not really keyed into color and light when I take in my surroundings, but it completely makes sense that someone whose passion is art would hone in on hues and shadings, like Clary does when she describes things. And this would apply to other hobbies as well: if the protagonist is a musician, the wind blowing through the trees might remind them of a piece by Bach; if they cook, then the smell in a friend's car might remind them of a certain spice; if someone is into fashion, then the first thing they'll notice about other people is what they're wearing. The viewpoint character's passions and hobbies are a lens through which his/her world is filtered. 
 
And this also applies to secondary characters. Even though the narrative might not be filtered through their point of view, their passions and hobbies will still impact other aspects like their vocabulary and physicality. A love interest who writes poetry might speak in lyrical sentences. An athletic best friend might pepper their speech with motivational phrases like "keep your eye on the ball" and "it ain't over until it's over." But all athletes aren't the same because one who plays football moves differently than one who excels at golf. These types of small details make characters feel real rather than just cardboard cutouts spouting dialog to move the plot along.
 
The way Cassandra utilizes her protagonist's artistic eye to highlight the beauty and creepiness of her New York settings is a great reminder to use our characters' interests and talents to full advantage. Having a number of interests make characters three dimensional, and these interests should affect the way they see and talk about the world around them.
 
If you’ve read City of Bones, what did you think? Do you use your main character’s passions/hobbies as a filter through how s/he sees the world? Do you use passions/hobbies to add dimensions to secondary characters? 

YALLFest and Writing Friends

I can’t believe it’s already been a week since the start of my long Weekend of Writerly Wonderfulness – time really does fly when you’re having fun!
 
YALLFest was this past Saturday, and my critique group the Sisukas (Kathleen Fox, Rebecca Petruck, and Debra Rook) decided to turn the weekend into a writing retreat. We rented a house from Friday to Tuesday so we could cocoon in and concentrate on writing and giving feedback on our current projects.
Sisukas YALLFest Retreat 2013
The weekend kicked off on Friday night with a pre-YALLFest dinner with the Sisukas and other writer friends who were in town for YALLFest. It was an evening of great food and even better company, giving me the chance to catch up with old writer friends (Jillian Utley and Laura Moss) and to meet new ones (Jamie Hoffman and Jasmine Warga). It was so fun I hope to make it an annual pre-YALLFest tradition!
 
Bright and early Saturday morning was the actual big event. And when I say big, I mean BIG. First of all, check out the list of 50 kidlit authors on the panels, many of them New York Times Bestsellers – impressive. Then the turnout was huge this year – so big I wasn’t able to find writer friends in the crowd like I have done in the past. This is an awesome thing to see for Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, and the YA writing/reading community. 
 
It’s both intimidating and inspiring to attend YALLFest. On the one hand, when I see the authors up on stage, they are so poised, clever, and funny that I don’t think I could ever be like them. But then they share stories of how they struggle with characters or setting or getting their butts in the chair, and I see that it’s hard work for them, too, which makes it all seem more attainable. I really appreciate all of them sharing their insight and wisdom.
 
A huge thanks to Jonathan Sanchez, Margaret Stohl, and all the others who worked so hard to put together this incredible festival that brings together so many readers and writers. Also, I did a guest post on Kami Kinard’s blog with some of the comments that resonated with me, so click here for more scoop from this year’s YALLFest
 
With my head and heart stuffed full of awesome YALLFest inspiration, it was time to get down to the working part of the weekend. We interspersed writing and critiquing, and I was super nervous waiting for my feedback. This was the first time that the rewrite I recently finished was getting comments from other writers, plus I really respect not only the writing talent of these ladies but also their knowledge of the business side of publishing and the YA audience, so my stomach was in knots when it was my turn.
 
Fortunately it went great! Not only great in that they really liked it and think it’s pretty close to query ready, but also in that they had great suggestions for some tweaks to strengthen it. I’m still waiting for feedback from a few other beta readers, plus I’m focusing on NaNo for the rest of November, but my plan is make changes in December to be ready to query in January. New Year’s Resolution indeed!
 
There was also a lot of writing accomplished during the retreat – all of us were hard at work on projects at various stages. Mine was my NaNo novel, which is off to a rocky start, but at least it’s now finally started!
 
Then to cap off everything, I had lunch with Martina Boone on Tuesday. I met Martina through her blog, and she was also in town for YALLFest and for some other book-related projects. Although slightly concerned about being murdered by a stranger I met on the internet (hooray for overactive imaginations!), I was delighted to discover that Martina is just as lovely in person as she is online. YALLFest is an awesome event in and of itself, but I think I love it most for giving me the chance to socialize in person with writing friends.
 
It really was a wonderful weekend of writing activities. Writing is hard work. Really hard work. But as we sat around at meals brainstorming, I watched people’s good ideas turn into great ones, and when I closed my eyes and listened to clicking keyboards as friends created worlds and characters as we wrote in front of the fireplace, well, in those moments it felt a little less like work and a lot more like magic.
 
Were you able to make it to YALLFest? What were your favorite parts? Do you find that writing retreats inspire you? Aren’t writing friends the best?!?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Also check out the interviews I hosted with YALLFest authors:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia
Melissa de la Cruz                             Shannon Hale
Lisi Harrison                                     Michelle Hodkin
Lisa McMann                                    Jocelyn Davies

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 94

15 Minute Tweet TalesI hope everyone had a fun Halloween. I tried to honor the day with a creepy tweet tale – horror movie buffs should get the reference. 
 
YALLFest is happening this weekend! After all these weeks of interviews, I can’t believe it’s finally here – so excited to hear these authors speak!
 
NaNoWriMo has officially started and guess what? I STILL haven’t decided on an idea. Obviously that means I’m sitting at zero words when I should be at 8335 by the end of today. Oops! The last time I participated I actually wrote my novel in two weeks, so I’m not out of the running yet. But due to other obligations, I probably won’t be able to start until after YALLFest. That’s going to be dicey, but I think doable. We’ll see how it goes!
 
A now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the past week:
 
10/30 - The recusant Girls Scout hot glued 'knots', left camping to go to library, and ate all her cookies. She went on to become the President.
 
10/31 - The fodient activity at the Myers' house makes her curious, but she won't ask Michael what he's planting - he's not the green thumb type.
 
11/1 - Tired of Dems and Repubs, the men declare their neighborhood an autarchy. Their bout with independence lasts until the beer runs out.
 
11/2 - She thought the bump derogated her beauty, so she got a nose job. A slip of the hand taught her a bumpy nose was better than no nose.
 
11/3 - Her feelings about him are not effable. Because if anyone overheard she'd be arrested for conspiring to cause bodily harm or death.
 
11/4 - She redacts articles to perfect them for her magazine, so she can't help correcting her boyfriend's grammar. He can't help dumping her.
 
11/5 - They call him Prince of Persia, but he's a satrap controlled by neighboring rulers. He only feels powerful when tormenting servants.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

YALLFest Interview with Jocelyn Davies

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
I’ve only met one other Jocelyn in real life (at college), so preparing today’s blog post has been making me twitch every time I see Jocelyn because I keep thinking it’s me. I only hope I have as much success with my books as Jocelyn Davies has had with hers. Jocelyn was born in New York City and still lives there, where during the day she works as an editor for YA fiction. At night she morphs into a YA author and writes about a teen torn between the light and the dark. Her first book is A Beautiful Dark, the second is A Fractured Light, and the last book in the trilogy is A Radiant Sky, which was released on September 24th.
Jocelyn Davies A Radiant Sky
And now for the Q&A with Jocelyn:
 
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
COFFEE! And a cocoon of silence.
 
Describe your book in 5 words.
Girl has angel blood, torn.
 
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
It differs from book to book--really, it's anyone's guess! Sometimes, the first line is hardest, because I'm just getting started and I'm not warmed up yet, and by the time I get to the end, I've got the momentum of an entire book to propel me into that last line. Then again, sometimes a first line just pops into my head, and the whole idea unfolds from there. Theres usually no way to know what is going to happen until it's happening, which is often the approach I take to writing.
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
“Create interesting characters, give them an excuse to meet, and the story will write itself.”
 
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
I'm a dog person--cats kind of freak me out.
I was a theater kid in high school. I used to dream of being an Oscar-winning actress.
I love everything about autumn.
I live a few blocks away from my best friend from high school.
In my day job, I'm also a children's book editor.
 
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
I love magical realism—a novel that's set in the real world, but ever-so-slightly different.
 
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
I usually have a pretty strong sense right from the moment the idea comes to me. I start writing knowing I’m embarking on a novel.
 
You can learn more about Jocelyn at her website, on facebook, and on twitter.
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Jocelyn’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia
Melissa de la Cruz                             Shannon Hale
Lisi Harrison                                     Michelle Hodkin

YALLFest Interview with Lisa McMann

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
We have yet another New York Times bestselling author with us today. Lisa McMann grew up in Michigan, but currently lives in Arizona, so she uses writing conferences and book tours to escape the worst of the summer heat. The Unwanteds is her middle grade fantasy series, and the third book Island of Fire was released in September. She also has two YA series, Wake and Visions, and the second book of the Visions series, Bang, was released on October 8th. 
Lisa McMann 
And now for the Q&A with Lisa: 
 
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
Silence.
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
“Think of the one thing your main character would never, ever do. Now make her do it.”
 
What are you working on now?
We’ll be ramping up the releases of books 5, 6, and 7 in the Unwanteds series, so I’m working on Unwanteds book 5 right now. 
 
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
I really enjoy writing in a variety of genres, from realistic to paranormal to dystopian fantasy. At the moment, fantasy is winning, but that could change at any moment. My favorite genre to read is memoir. 
 
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
As soon as I have a one line concept that gives me a little shiver. 
 
You can learn more about Lisa at her website, on her blog, on facebook, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Lisa’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia
Melissa de la Cruz                             Shannon Hale
Lisi Harrison                                     Michelle Hodkin

YALLFest Interview with Michelle Hodkin

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
Today we have New York Times bestselling author Michelle Hodkin, who grew up in South Florida. Michelle was a lawyer who never considered being a writer until a conversation with a stranger during a work trip inspired the idea for a story she just had to write. That story became her first novel, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. The second book in the trilogy is The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and the third book, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, will be published in mid-2014. 
Michelle Hodkin The Evolution of Mara Dyer
And now for the Q&A with Michelle:
 
Describe your book in 5 words.
Romeo and Juliet meets Hitchcock
 
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
I spend a lot of time thinking about my first lines. A lot of time. Too much time. Luckily the last lines usually come to me as I write.
 
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
What I love about YA is that I don't have to choose a genre. I can blend elements and mess with conventions from all of them—horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, whatever. I'm not sure I could choose a favorite, if I were ever told that I had to. And my reading is all over the place, but right now I'm reading a lot of old school sci-fi and fantasy, with some literary fiction thrown in.
 
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It's not YA, but it is about a teenager who reminds me of my teen self. And maybe also my adult self. Anyway. I basically push the book into the hands of everyone I meet. It's just that good.
 
What are you working on now?
A secret project that is secret. But I'm wildly excited about it, and I think my readers will be too.
 
You can learn more about Michelle at her website, on facebook, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Michelle’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia
Melissa de la Cruz                             Shannon Hale

YALLFest Interview with Lisi Harrison

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
Today’s New York Times bestselling author is Lisi Harrison, who has written over thirty novels. She was born in chilly Toronto but now lives in the always-warm Laguna Beach, CA. Lisi worked at MTV for twelve years, working her way up to Senior Director of Development, where she got to create new shows like Room Raiders. Her books include the series The Clique, Alphas, and Monster High, and Pretenders - the first book in her new series about five popular students whose secret journals get released to the school - was released on October 1st. 
Lisi Harrison Pretenders
And now for the Q&A with Lisi:
 
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
A scented candle. Each book has it’s own scent.
 
Describe your book in 5 words. 
Popular freshmen’s secret journals revealed.
 
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
First. 100%
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
Stop writing in the middle of a chapter instead of the end. It will be easier to start up again the next day.
 
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
Stargirl.
 
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
I can’t run. I have a tattoo with a type-o. It’s supposed to say, “creativity” but it says, “dry.”
In college I thought it would be cool to get a tattoo written in Chinese characters.
I was supposed to be on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. I changed my reservation at the last minute. Now every time I look at a clock it says 9:11.
I can’t stand being asked about my “favorites.” I don’t have favorites. If I did I’d forget what they are the minute you asked and would remember them the minute you leave. It’s maddening.
I prefer to give 6 random facts.
 
Where's your favorite place to write?
My office.
 
What are you working on now?
Pretenders #2: License To Spill.
 
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
What did I just tell you about “favorites?”
 
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
When I can describe it in one sentence. And do it without cringing.
 
You can learn more about Lisi at her website, on facebook, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Lisi’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia
Melissa de la Cruz                             Shannon Hale

YALLFest Interview with Shannon Hale

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
Today we welcome Shannon Hale, who is not only a New York Times bestselling author but is also a Newbery Honor recipient for her book Princess Academy. Shannon was born in Utah, where she still lives today. Austenland is one of her books for adults that was recently turned into a movie staring Keri Russell. Shannon has a new series called Ever After High about a boarding school for the children of fairytale characters, and the first book The Storybook of Legends was released yesterday.
Shannon Hale Ever After High
And now for the Q&A with Shannon:
 
Describe your book in 5 words.
Boarding school for children of famous fairytales
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
People remember a story for its characters.
 
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. It’s smart, engaging, and discusses so many things I was struggling with.
 
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
I have 4 kids (including identical girl toddler twins).
My husband likes to wear masks and hide around the house to scare me.
I like to read while lying on my belly.
I love the sky.
I’m not a very good speller.
 
What are you working on now?
The third Princess Academy book.
 
You can learn more about Shannon at her website, on her blog, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Shannon’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia